Advertisement

Opinion

Opinion

Obama insults traditional U.S. allies

April 2, 2010

Advertisement

— What is it like to be a foreign ally of Barack Obama’s America? If you’re a Brit, your head is spinning. It’s not just the personal slights to Prime Minister Gordon Brown — the ridiculous 25-DVD gift, the five refusals before Brown was granted a one-on-one with The One.

Nor is it just the symbolism of Obama returning the Churchill bust that was in the Oval Office. Query: If it absolutely had to be out of Obama’s sight, could it not have been housed somewhere else on U.S. soil rather than ostentatiously repatriated?

And then there was Hillary Clinton’s astonishing, nearly unreported (in the U.S.) performance in Argentina last month. She called for Britain to negotiate with Argentina over the Falklands.

For those who know no history — or who believe that it began on Jan. 20, 2009 — and therefore don’t know why this was an out-of-the-blue slap at Britain, here’s the back story:

In 1982, Argentina’s military junta invaded the (British) Falkland Islands. The generals thought the British, having long lost their taste for foreign lands, would let it pass. Besides, the Falklands have uncountably more sheep than people. They underestimated Margaret Thatcher (the Argentines, that is, not the sheep). She was not about to permit the conquest of a people whose political allegiance and ethnic ties are to Britain. She dispatched the navy. Britannia took it back.

Afterward, neither Thatcher nor her successors have countenanced negotiations. Britain doesn’t covet foreign dominion and has no shortage of sheep. But it does believe in self-determination, and will negotiate nothing until and unless the Falkland Islanders indicate their desire to be ruled by a chronically unstable, endemically corrupt polity with a rich history of dictatorship, economic mismanagement and the occasional political lunacy.

Not surprisingly, the Falkland Islanders have given no such indication. Yet inexplicably, Clinton sought to reopen a question that had been settled for almost 30 years, not just pointlessly stirring the embers but even taking the Argentine side (re: negotiations) against Britain — a nation that has fought and bled with us for the last decade, and that today has about 10,000 troops, far more than any other ally, fighting alongside America in Afghanistan.

Of course, given how the administration has treated other allies, perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised.

l Obama visits China and soon Indonesia, skipping India, our natural and rising ally in the region — common language, common heritage, common democracy, common jihadist enemy. Indeed, in his enthusiasm for China, Obama suggests a Chinese interest in peace and stability in South Asia, a gratuitous denigration of Indian power and legitimacy in favor of a regional rival with hegemonic ambitions.

l Poland and the Czech Republic have their legs cut out from under them when Obama unilaterally revokes a missile defense agreement, acquiescing to pressure from Russia with its dreams of regional hegemony over Eastern Europe.

l The Hondurans still can’t figure out why the United States supported a Hugo Chavez ally seeking illegal extension of his presidency against the pillars of civil society — its Congress, Supreme Court, church and army — that had deposed him consistent with Article 239 of their own constitution.

But the Brits, our most venerable, most reliable ally, are the most disoriented. “We British not only speak the same language. We tend to think in the same way. We are more likely than anyone else to provide tea, sympathy and troops,” writes Bruce Anderson in London’s Independent, summarizing with admirable concision the fundamental basis of the U.S.-British special relationship.

Well, said David Manning, a former British ambassador to the U.S., to a House of Commons committee reporting on that very relationship: “He (Obama) is an American who grew up in Hawaii, whose foreign experience was of Indonesia and who had a Kenyan father. The sentimental reflexes, if you like, are not there.”

I’m not personally inclined to neuropsychiatric diagnoses, but Manning’s guess is as good as anyone’s. How can you explain a policy toward Britain that makes no strategic or moral sense? And even if you can, how do you explain the gratuitous slaps to the Czechs, Poles, Indians and others? Perhaps when an Obama Doctrine is finally worked out, we shall learn whether it was pique, principle or mere carelessness.

— Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group. letters@charleskrauthammer.com

Comments

porch_person 4 years ago

Liberty275,

(laughter)

I have intellectual deficits regarding logic and abstraction that forbid me from thinking the way that you do?

(laughter)

Well, I think you could have used "inhibit" instead of "forbid". Most "deficits" don't issue commands. I also don't think assuming responsibility for what I say is any sort of deficit.

(laughter)

Did someone hand you the Penguin Nietzsche Reader (while you were at whatever home you said you resided in) and suddenly you're "a philosopher"?

(laughter)

No, my friend, when you called yourself "a nihilist" in argument with jonas_opines, it was a lame effort to avoid admitting that you had lost an argument. Hardly "Übermenschen" behavior. It was the equivalent of tipping over a chess board during a game you were losing.

You need to take responsibility for what you say and expand the scope of your reading.

0

Liberty275 4 years ago

"So which is it, Liberty275? Are you a nihilist or a nationalist? " I'm both. On one level, nothing matters. Period. In a million years, you will be dust and all my accomplishments irrelevant. In the present, as a thinking animal, I side with Americans over non-americans.

"As a nihilist, do your statements have any meaning at all?"

They have the meaning I assign them. In the grand scheme, meaning doesn't exist.

*, you have intellectual deficits regarding logic and abstraction that forbid you from thinking the way I do. Don't even try.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Snap,

(laughter)

Obama has substance abuse problems?? What, are you guys getting little gold stars for every fantastic claim you can make? Between you and TomShewmon, we're getting a good up-close presentation of the fringe conservative fantasy world.

(laughter)

Hey, Snap, you're the second person to be fixated on Obama's skin color in the past twelve hours on this thread.

Doesn't mean any of you are racist, no.......

(laughter)

And we have Lawrenceguy40, who is an Anglophobe despite the fact that many Americans are decedents of British folk. That's hilarious. Maybe Lawrenceguy40 didn't do so well in American History class in school.

(laughter)

You guys are funny to watch.

(laughter)

0

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

Our Pantone 138 Kansas-Heritage President is struggling with substance abuse problems right now, cut him some slack.

0

lawrenceguy40 4 years ago

Why should we pander to foreigners of any kind? All the brits I have met have been arrogant sobs, who believe england is perfect, but end up living here. Tells you something of their character right there.

Remember, we are Americans, we are the best in the world and despite barry o's best efforts, we apologize to no-one.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

(laughter)

Ok, you're the one who brings the "Obama is black" story to the thread, out of the blue, "big breaking news" and "unbelievable", and you want us to believe that Obama's skin color is something that you're not excited about?

(laughter)

Agnostick is right.

You're the face of the Republican fringe. You've been rejected several times here, just as the Republicans have been nationally and you don't know what the problem is, do you?

You really don't.

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Porch, if there is the Klan around Linwood, I'm not aware of it. If there was the Klan, I would not associate with them. Why are you making ludicrous statements post after post? Are you OK? I'm starting to get concerned about your mental wellness.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

The source of the story wasn't in question, Tom. Clearly, you didn't know Barack Obama identifies himself as black and such knowledge excites that small town Klan heart of yours.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

I didn't write the article, porch, one of your "verifiable" sources, MSNBC did.

(laughter)

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

Hamid Karzai, Barack Hussein, Both say things that 'Baffle' the west? Both 'Ramble' and 'Baffle' the west. Plenty of people "are having a hard time figuring out " what they are saying. What is your point Mr. Shewmon?

"KABUL – If U.S. officials in Washington are having a hard time figuring out Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s behavior since his tense meeting with President Obama, try Afghan government officials here in the nation’s capital city.

As Kabul was pelted with hailstones Saturday, officials struggled to understand – much less explain – Karzai’s rambling televised speech on Thursday in which he blamed U.N. and European officials for vote fraud in last year's election that gave him a second term. He also likened the U.S. and coalition troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan to an occupying force."

Karzai sounds like a PAD. Poser, well......

Stimulus, Diss'n West, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

Barack Obama says he's black. Who cares?

Oh, I forget......you and your reincarnated buddies are small town Kansas Klan. Such things mean a great deal to you.

For the rest of us, non-racist Americans, perhaps not so much.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

Well, all you do is bash Obama and Democrats and you have been thrown off of this forum multiple times.

Truth is working for me.

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Some big breaking news too.....thought I'd pass it on to you superstars...........

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36157764/

Unbelievable.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Porch post verifiable facts? That is exceedingly hilarious. Also, porch calls me a "tape loop" ........talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Satirical had succintly outlined and presented porch's modus operandi several weeks ago....nothing was ever more 100% true and accurate.

You beoB, I can't say much about, because you never say anything of substance. It would be like trying to describe the physical appearance of an ameba.

0

beobachter 4 years ago

Tom, seems you have problem with those , like porch, who posts verifiable facts.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

yourworstnightmare (anonymous) et al says

Just what do you expect the opposition to do other than attack there opponent? I get the WH daily "points" - they attack the Republicans and sell their solutions. That is what I expect them to do. I think it is called politics. I think there may be some fundamental differences between the parties as to "world view". Do you believe that everyone that reads Mr. K agrees with what he writes any more than many people believe everything that ABC or Fox puts out? What am I missing?

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Why do keep beating this dead horse, porch? Seriously,do you need to keep on with statements like, "A paranoid nutcase who has been thrown off this forum multiple times because his content is "so good"." ???? It makes you look petty and foolish. You can continue it if it makes you feel good, but it really is ridiculous. I know you can do better.

0

yourworstnightmare 4 years ago

Krauthammer is being disingenuous. He knows as well as anyone that allies are those who can be depended on through thick and thin.

Our relationship with Britain or India is not going to dissolve because Obama does not spend every waking minute tending to them.

That's the nice thing about allies. They support you. They allow you to spend more time dealing with nations that need more work and attention. This is called diplomacy, dumbarses.

This is yet another example of how the cry-baby right wing will criticize Obama's every action, and paint themselves into silly corners doing so.

Face it, cry-baby right wingers. Barack Hussein Obama, a black man of kenyan ancestry, is President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the US military.

Hertz doughnut? Tough binky for a cry-baby right winger to suck.

Rebel, Hutaree-baggers! Our president is black! Take back yor country! Take to the streets. Revolution! Idiots!

(sad trombones) Waaa waaa waaa waaaaaaaaaaaa

0

porch_person 4 years ago

(laughter)

A paranoid nutcase who has been thrown off this forum multiple times because his content is "so good".

I'm not "Katara" or "HGA" or "Holygraileale" or anyone else you've annoyed. I'm not a moderator either. You're just an anti-Obama nutcase. It's all you ever talk about. You're a tape loop. A tape loop of a song that isn't popular.

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"A nutcase who has been thrown off this forum multiple times because his content is "so good"." -porch

Again, you're in good company then.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

(laughter)

I certainly know who I'm dealing with. A guy who can't provide citations and when he does, they're from satire sites. A conservative who pointedly ignores the first year of this depression because it was during a Republican Administration. A nutcase who has been thrown off this forum multiple times because his content is "so good".

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Porch, it's April 2010 (16 months since the Anointment Ceremony) and UE still stands at 9.7%. I would think you could process this info as such, but then I need to remember who I'm dealing with.

(laughter)

0

porch_person 4 years ago

".....I'm a nationalist before a conservative." ---- Liberty275

""You can't win against a nihilist. You get a gold star for realizing that. " ---- Liberty275

(laughter)

So which is it, Liberty275? Are you a nihilist or a nationalist?

(laughter)

As a nihilist, do your statements have any meaning at all?

(laughter)

That is what nihilism is all about. That's why you told jonas_opines he couldn't win an argument with you. Because nothing you say has any meaning to you at all. Via personal declaration a posteriori the discussion with jonas_opines and a priori any further discussion.

(laughter)

Oh, Liberty275, the "slavery used to be a law too" is one of the worst analogies I've heard here for awhile. Lame.

(laughter)

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

Sorry, don't believe you. The Bureau of Labor Statistics would wait until the end of the month to assess that month's unemployment figures.

Remember, you're the guy who tried to submit a South Carolina humor site as hard news, twice.

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"And leave no reference behind. Why?" - porchie

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surely you've heard of it, haven't you porch. I CAN provide the link, but I think you know how to use a computer, don't you? If you have trouble, post as such and I'll provide the link to the BLS.

(laughter)

0

Liberty275 4 years ago

"Obamacare is law now. "

Slavery was once law too.

0

Liberty275 4 years ago

Obama is a lair and another jimmy carter, but he is ostensibly an American and therefore his opinion means more than all the non-americans on the planet. Charles, you rock, but I'm a nationalist before a conservative.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

(laughter)

So it doesn't take much to refute your BS. Not much at all, does it?

(laughter)

Are you "about to burst", Tom? Going all "tea party" on us? Going to spend the rest of the evening bashing Obama in various dishonest and disingenuous permutations?

(This should be entertaining)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Gov't jobs, porchie. Gov't jobs. Obama doesn't give a rat's a$$ about the private sector. Census and IRS.....that's where the $$$$$ is at!!! And he's only getting started!

(laughter)

0

Bob Kraxner 4 years ago

So...just what did you all expect??? You people elected the ba$tard,... do you see now why they all call themselves "African- Americans"??? They're all still africans at heart, because they can't let go of the past... a past that none of them were a part of. What a fvckin joke !!! Hope all you idiots are happy now, so tell me, all you pro-Obama b1tches... are you proud of your "boy" now?

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

Alright, I think a 'Time Out' is in order. Everybody should cease and desist belittling pp. pp is an honorable cell that is respectable. Complete, Articulate and well versed in the order of the day.

Stimulus, Time Out, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you all

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Tom,

You're good!! You can predict April 2010 unemployment figures and it's only the 2nd.

(laughter)

And leave no reference behind. Why? Who needs references when you're TomShewmon. It would probably be an Onion knockoff from South Carolina in any case.

(laughter)

"House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, conceded that "any report showing that the economy added jobs is clearly a better alternative to one showing that it lost more jobs."

The U.S. economy has suffered a net loss of 8.2 million jobs since the start of 2008, a month after the official beginning of the recession." ---- http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/02/obama.economy/index.html?hpt=T2

Tom, that's "start of 2008". Who was President at the "start of 2008"?

(laughter)

More TomShewmon conservative dishonesty.

Fun to debunk. Tom, even the Republicans are acknowledging job creation in March 2010. Things are getting better for Americans, slowly but definitely there.

Aren't you happy?

(laughter)

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Moderate,

Hopefully you got my point. I saw nothing authentic coming from the Republicans in this Health Care Debate. I see nothing authentic coming from Charles Krauthammer on this "insult" to the British other than an opportunity to bash Obama. Unworthy of someone of his accomplishments. He's turned into a demagogue.

Your opinions are your own. I'm not trying to manipulate public opinion. I'm an ordinary hard working American. I note the BS and partisan crap and make fun of it. This distresses Tom and others but if looking silly and getting bounced from LJ World is a hobby, then they are welcome to it. I spend my times with other pursuits.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) says

Well, I got it half right. Mr. K is right on Argentina and wrong on Israel

You know I really do not think our elections are winner take all! Many people I know swing back and forth based on actual accomplishments as they see them. Are you so sure that all of us agree with your notions about politics and people who disagree with Mr. Obama and/or the Democratic Party? I am not counting Tom who I think likes to goad you.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) says… OK, you have made youself clear.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

The only polls that really matter are the ones in November. This November will be an exciting mid-term. November 2012 will almost send me all Asperger's. Can't wait to see these jerk-offs be sent to the ranks of the unemployed. BTW, how are those UE numbers?

2009 UE Jan=7.7 Feb=8.2 March=8.6 April=8.9 May=9.4 June=9.5 July=9.4 August=9.7 September=9.8 October=10.1 November=10.0 December=10.0

2010 UE January= 9.7 February=9.7 March=9.7 April=9.7 May=? June=? July=? August=? September=? October=? November...........

How many months now with the "change" and "new direction" and "yes we can"? 16 months.....

(laughter)

0

independant1 4 years ago

A politician is just like a pickpocket. It’s almost impossible to get one to reform. (Will Rogers)

0

beobachter 4 years ago

porch, I tend to lean towards contempt for Tom and those that think like him. Although argument can be made that they don't think, just blindly spout what they are told to.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

Yes, Tom. There are over thirty countries in the world where universal care works better than our current system. I can't wait to see the health care reform work its magic once implemented. I think it's going to be as popular as Medicare and Medicaid. What do you think?

(laughter)

I know you're "about to burst". It's clearly the state that got your buddies banished and I suspect it's what gotten you banished in the past.

(laughter)

What you don't understand is that you want America to fail, people to not have health insurance, not spend less on health insurance and health care, not get jobs, Stock Market to fall so that (insert whatever the Republican Party is here) can "win", whatever pyrrhic victory that would be.

That's what makes you simultaneously worthy of both pity and contempt.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"Obamacare is law now. "

Music to my ears. Now, it's just a waiting game. Can you wait, porchie? I'm about to burst!

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

Obamacare is law now.

(laughter)

You wanna make any bets on the numbers staying there?

(laughter)

Obama is climbing, as anyone who can read can attest to. Obama isn't going to get anywhere close to the 25% approval that Bush had back in 2008. Stock market and the improving jobs front are evidence that Obama is doing just fine. Stock Market loves this presidency.

The Republican Party is under siege right now. Lots of political losses and screwups will do that.

Who's running the Republican Party right now, Tom? Is it Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council or Rush Limbaugh? It sure as hell isn't Michael Steele.

(laughter)

By the way, Tom,.....where are your Klan buddies who used to post here? The ones who went off the rails when the Health reform passed.

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Porch,

RCP on Obamacare: 51% thumbs down, 41% thumbs up CBS on Obama approval: 44% thumbs up , 41% thumbs down

Obama sinks a couple points every month it seems. How low can he go? Anybody's guess. Pelosi and Reid? They can't go too much lower.

Things are not going so well for Dems, ObamaCare and Obama. There is no denying that. And the clincher is, they are in power, not Bush, not Rove, not Cheney, not Palin, not Rush, not Beck, not Coulter, not the GOP......get it?

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Moderate,

You submit a logical fallacy. You suggest that I spend equal time criticizing liberals merely because they oppose those policies which are, in my eyes, lacking. I'm not operating a balance here or distributing attention among children.

This fallacy is a little like the calls for "bipartisanship" when the policies of the conservative side of the aisle were voted down in the election. An argument that policies that had been rejected at the polls were somehow worthy of consideration "just because". Nope, doesn't work that way. The policies were tried and voted down.

=====

No, George, I think there are legitimate and objective reasons for criticizing conservatives these days. I think it's a bad thing when a drunk lies three times about invading another country. I think it's a bad thing when that drunk blows off a memo which tells him that an attack is coming. I think it's a bad thing when we commit torture and rendition to commit torture. I think it's a bad thing when we don't regulate industries "because it's the American way" and recession occur. I think it's a bad thing to nominate someone who doesn't even know what the job description of the job she's being nominated for. I think it's a bad thing to listen to a drug addict about anything. I think it's a bad thing to shovel a bunch of stupid propaganda about health care reform. None of these "bad things" are outside of anyone's ability to discern that they are "bad things". None of them are controversial. They're f***ups.

0

pace 4 years ago

No. the people were overwhelmingly for Health Care reform, the republicans are for Health Care Corporation welfare, that is different. We needed health care reform, the only thing left for Obama to do is to continue to lead the country intelligently. Republicans should get over their pique and get down to work. Everyone will have to work to recover the mess Bushy gave us. I hated the GOP bill, oh that's right they offered the American people nothing but whining and temper tantrums.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) says… "Here's the problem with almost any Krauthammer column.

You know Mr. Krauthammer is doing what he does - expressing his opinion. He has a point (a few of them). I note that you seldom comment as negatively on liberal media opinions .

Is this another case of "liberal= good" and "conservative = bad"?

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Moderate,

Of course it was. Good observation.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

You know that the current fracas between us an Israel may well have been started by them. Announcing that they would put more settlements in Jerusalem while our VP was there is a real slap in our face. The Obama administration had little choice but to fight back or be perceived by the Arabs as impotent. Could that have been the Israeli’s governments intention?

0

porch_person 4 years ago

"Here's the problem with almost any Krauthammer column. He has his pre-determined conclusion, and then reverse-engineers the steps he takes to get there" --- OzD

(claps)

Quite the astute observation!! Well done!!

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

"Your page "not found" for some reason and the Republican Party is not disintegrating, it's galvanizing." ---- TomShewmon

You didn't follow the directions I provided. The LJ World software changes the case of words that are capitalized.

=====

"You need to wean yourself off the far-left blogo and the corrupt mainstream media just a little bit, porch." ---- TomShewmon

I don't go anywhere else but here, Tom. You're the one who's on the computer all day. I like how "everyone else" is corrupt except the fringe and the Klan.

(laughter)

======

"With Obama's current rating at as low as 43% and Pelosi at 11% and Reid 8% favorability, what party, may I query, is disintegrating?" ----- TomShewmon

You want me to post the numbers, Tom? Sure, be happy to:

Obama Approval

Poll Date Sample Approve Disapprove Spread

RCP Average 3/22 - 4/1 -- 47.8 45.9 +1.9

CBS News 3/29 - 4/1 858 A 44 41 +3 Gallup 3/30 - 4/1 1547 A 50 43 +7 Rasmussen Reports 3/30 - 4/1 1500 LV 46 53 -7 Marist 3/25 - 3/29 860 RV 46 43 +3 USA Today/Gallup 3/26 - 3/28 1033 A 47 50 -3 CNN/Opinion Research 3/25 - 3/28 935 RV 51 48 +3 Washington Post 3/23 - 3/26 1000 A 53 43 +10 Quinnipiac 3/22 - 3/23 1552 RV 45 46 -1

===

Republicans vs Democrats

Poll Date Sample Republicans Democrats Spread

RCP Average 3/12 - 3/28 -- 45.6 43.4 Republicans +2.2

USA Today/Gallup 3/26 - 3/28 968 RV 46 45 Republicans +1 CNN/Opinion Research 3/25 - 3/28 935 RV 49 45 Republicans +4 Rasmussen Reports 3/22 - 3/28 3500 LV 46 39 Republicans +7 Gallup 3/22 - 3/28 RV 47 44 Republicans +3 Washington Post 3/23 - 3/26 RV 44 48 Democrats +4 Quinnipiac 3/16 - 3/21 1907 RV 44 39 Republicans +5 Democracy Corps (D) 3/15 - 3/18 850 LV 43 44 Democrats +1 PPP (D) 3/12 - 3/14 1403 RV 46 43 Republicans +3

Obama's climbing, along with the Stock Market and employment.

(laughter)

========

"Have you heard what Howard Dean is saying about ObamaCare? "The GOP otta get a little bit of mileage out of this for November (not that they need it)." --- TomShewmon

Sure. Only among the ignorant. Kinda like when you guys tried to make "comfort care / hospice" into "death panels"

A redistribution of resources is precisely what insurance is, Tom. It's also what taxes are partially all about.. If I didn't need help from my fellow policyholders / citizens, I wouldn't need the insurance / country, now would I? Dean makes a far more nuanced answer than fringe like you want to understand.

Oh, I'm sure we'll hear "redistribution of wealth" plenty over the next year but it won't do you any good. It just represents another "opportunity for education" which will leave the conservatives tagged with yet another example of misrepresentation.

.

(laughter)

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (anonymous) says…

I guess the rest of us can not win. If we are not led by "warmongers" we are led by people afraid of them. Oh by the way, my sense of history starts our involvement in Vietnam during Roosevelt’s administration

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"LBJ escalated the war in Vietnam primarily because he didn't want to get labeled as "soft on communism" by Goldwater and the Republicans." -bozo

Quit clownin' around. Bozo, you could find a way to make your ice cream cone melting down your hand Republican's fault, couldn't you?

0

OzD 4 years ago

Here's the problem with almost any Krauthammer column. He has his pre-determined conclusion, and then reverse-engineers the steps he takes to get there. If Obama had gone to India and Indonesia first, instead of a visit to China and Indonesia, Krauthammer would rip into Obama for not paying enough attention to our most important trading partner and a country with veto power over UN sanctions against Iran. If Indonesia were skipped, he'd have something snarky to say about Obama not visiting the muslim world's largest democracy (one of the largest democracies on the planet) to help promote the growth of democracy in the muslim world. Sometimes I agree with some of Krauthammer's conclusions, some times I don't, but I've never read a column of his and thought that he was any sort of serious thinker, just a reactionary partisan.

All that said, any American official saying anything about the Falklands, either way, isn't very helpful.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Your page "not found" for some reason and the Republican Party is not disintegrating, it's galvanizing. You need to wean yourself off the far-left blogo and the corrupt mainstream media just a little bit, porch.

With Obama's current rating at as low as 43% and Pelosi at 11% and Reid 8% favorability, what party, may I query, is disintegrating?

Have you heard what Howard Dean is saying about ObamaCare?

The GOP otta get a little bit of mileage out of this for November (not that they need it).

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/03/29/dean-of-course-obamacare-is-wealth-redistribution/

(laughter)

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S visit to the United States culminated in a 90-minute meeting between him and U.S. President Barack Obama. As a symbol of how bad relations are between the two men, there was no final joint statement, no meeting with reporters and no pictures. Obama controlled those things and it was clear that he wanted to drive home — particularly to the Israeli public — just how bad relations are.

We deliberately said between the two men, not because this is necessarily personal (although it may well be), but because each of them is trying to frame the problem as centering around the other and not necessarily as a crisis between nations. It is a subtle distinction, but at the moment it is an important one. ("Netanyahu has made it clear that there would be no problem in the relationship if it were not for Obama’s policies with the real hint being that he regards Obama as anti-Israel and pro-Arab.)

It appears that Netanyahu thinks that the Arabic fellow representing this 'Free Market' Capitalista state, is wary of him.

Hmm, hm, hm

I wonder why someone as Progressive Articulate and Dissonanced as 'Bent', has not bubbled to power in another country? I imagine that it takes a 'Free Market' to enhance a proselytizer like Poser to succeed in a place like Moscow for instance. That and the hypothesis of 'Bent' the unabashed Harry Reid offered.

Stimulus, PAD Poselytizers, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

0

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

"Interesting supposition. Are only Republican wars that way or did my war in Vietnam count?"

Democrats are caught up in somewhat the same game, although it tends to be a form of defensive political posturing. LBJ escalated the war in Vietnam primarily because he didn't want to get labeled as "soft on communism" by Goldwater and the Republicans.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Tom, you haven't answered my question....

Why is the Republican Party disintegrating?

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/02/michael.steele.fallout/index.html

(remember, capitalize "politics" or it won't work)

(laughter)

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

MyName, Krauthammer probably has an IQ nearly twice yours. You=80, Charles=160.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

beobachter (anonymous) says…

I am still having a problem with evil. We support Egypt and Jordan (two of the countries that waged aggressive war on a UN created and supported state called Israel (three times). In the past our aid to Egypt has been right up there with our aid to Israel. I am not sure where your perception of an imbalance originates?

Oh by the way, I had the opportunity to watch our strategic forces go to a “higher state of readiness” once because the Soviets were doing things because the Israelis were doing things because the Egyptians were doing things. Kind of scares you. I take nothing in the Middle East as simple and most certainly do want to remain balanced and believe we have been. I fear the future there- a lot – particular with a potentially nuclear armed Iran. When the elected leader of a country denies history and claims “gods” blessing to destroy another country it concerns me. When I pulled alerts we had at least a few minutes to decide to end our world. There is no time to even think if Iran and Israel start a nuclear exchange.

0

MyName 4 years ago

Yet another swing and a miss for good ol' Chuck. Obama is out there filling stadiums in Germany to have people listen to him speak. People in Europe are happy because he actually listens to what their leaders are saying, unlike "the decider". I mean you don't get the Nobel Peace Prize if people in Europe don't like what you are doing. And I don't get why Chuck thinks we should be making good friends with the current PM. Elections are coming up very soon, he's going to be tossed to the curb, and that's when you want to start the actual charm offensive. Not the waning 9 months of a lame duck Prime Minister.

@Tom: "because now more than ever, conservative pundits, columnists, authors etc etc are in very high demand by the American public."

LOL, yeah you forgot to add one important adjective: "good". Good authors and columnists are nearly always in demand, but all Kruthammer does is provide a summary of the BS political talking points for the week. Which again makes the average reader question how someone like this still has a job in a sector that is cutting back everywhere and bleeding red ink.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"Because they insist that their "god" entitles them to take land, and enslave any who disagrees with them" -beoB

Sorta like what your saviour, Mack Daddy is doing to America (for now at least, monetarily enslaving wealthier Americans). Later, who knows???

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) and just_another_bozo_on_this_bus,

Interesting supposition. Are only Republican wars that way or did my war in Vietnam count?

You know, I suspect that all wars have many agendas and that unfortunately the people who fight them are not always part of the undercurrent. That said, we seem to want to continue to fight them. As I remember we were "nation building" in Vietnam and now we are "nation building" in Afghanistan. What makes us thing this will work better the second (third or what have you) time around?

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"...and for Thatcher, the Falklands just happened to be a convenient opportunity."

Wrong again, Mr. Blame America/Western Civilization First Bozo. Thatcher invaded a British dependent territory after Argentina brazenly invaded them. Get your history straight. I suppose if N. Korea or Japan for example, had decided to invade Hawaii during one of W's two terms, you'd cry about him sending US forces in there.

0

beobachter 4 years ago

moderate, middle east is very complicated, but unquestioned support by us of Israel does not solve the problems there.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

beobachter (anonymous) says… Because they insist that their "god" entitles them to take land, and enslave any who disagrees with them

Interesting. You know some of the other guys believe exactly the same thing. Personally, I think the whole Middle East situation is a lot more complicated then this.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

"I cannot understand why Mr. Craphammer even has a column anymore." -cowboy

How-do pardner. To answer your question, because now more than ever, conservative pundits, columnists, authors etc etc are in very high demand by the American public. I'll let you figure out why on your own.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus,

"Thatcher couldn't have cared less about the Falklands. It's a precept among Thatcher/Reagan/Bush/BushII neocons that in order to achieve their political agendas, they need to have successful military campaigns, somewhere/anywhere, and for Thatcher, the Falklands just happened to be a convenient opportunity." ---- just_another_bozo_on_this_bus

So you're saying that the Falklands War was just an elaborate training exercise, like Grenada was for us.

I can see that.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Moderate,

"However there have been plebiscites and the people of the Falklands have been overwhelmingly in favor of remaining British. My information suggests that the Brits would just as soon be free of the cost of maintaining the island but as a matter of respect for the people there have continued to bear the costs - not cheap. I guess Mr. Krauthammer may have presumed that the readers knew that - perhaps a presumption too far." --- moderate

I'm curious as to why Krauthammer would have relied upon you to supply that information. Seems to me that would have been a better argument than "The British are our bestest buddies". If what you say is true, seems like a "win-win" for both Argentina and the British. Why is Krauthammer against something which is draining the British economy?

0

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Thatcher couldn't have cared less about the Falklands. It's a precept among Thatcher/Reagan/Bush/BushII neocons that in order to achieve their political agendas, they need to have successful military campaigns, somewhere/anywhere, and for Thatcher, the Falklands just happened to be a convenient opportunity.

0

beobachter 4 years ago

Because they insist that their "god" entitles them to take land, and enslave any who disagrees with them

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

beobachter (anonymous) says…

And just why are they evil?

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

esteshawk (anonymous) AND sChiHawkInKS (anonymous) say

You know this is kind of a wasted discussion. How do either of you know what the majority of us think today - or next November. There is an election and many polls that suggest that we wanted reform. There are polls that suggest that maybe this was not what we wanted. It is unclear if anybody really fully understands what we now have. I would suggest that we just wait and see how it plays out. It is now the law of the land. If we do not like it we can change it. If the right wants to run on that change that is their right. They will pay if they are wrong. I believe, not sure of this, that the Aussies tried three times before they were sufficiently satisfied.

0

Roadkill_Rob 4 years ago

Hey Chitownks,

You bash "liberals" for stating something w/out any facts and then you do the same thing.

You show me "some facts then" of how Americans were "overwhelmingly" against health care reform.

Hypocrisy and irony do not register in people like you.

0

beobachter 4 years ago

Somehow, I have a problem considering Israel a good friend of ours. I consider therm a leech counting on us to ignore how evil they are. And they are as bad , if not worst than any dictatorial regime in history.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) says…

Well I can not disagree with you about sharing. However there have been plebiscites and the people of the Falklands have been overwhelmingly in favor of remaining British. My information suggests that the Brits would just as soon be free of the cost of maintaining the island but as a matter of respect for the people there have continued to bear the costs - not cheap. I guess Mr. Krauthammer may have presumed that the readers knew that - perhaps a presumption too far.

0

ChiHawkInKS 4 years ago

I have no idea where half of you are getting your assertions and garbage ideas. People were overwhelmingly against this health care reform but Pelosi shoved it down our throats anyways... now people are saying a majority voted for this? What are you talking about? Show me some facts then... and why keep beating this "W" drum like a bunch of half-wits? Bush has little to do with what is going on now. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

0

esteshawk 4 years ago

Repubs need to quit whining about healthcare reform. That is what America voted for in November 2008. That is what Obama campaigned on, and that is what he had done. To say healthcare reform is against the will of the people is revisionist history before the books are even written.

Foreign policy: who cares about all this alleged faceslapping. The reality is that Russia has signed an enormous weapons treaty with us, and now China - yes China - has jumped ship on their position on Iran to join the US.

Face it Repubs - y'all have lost big time in the last two election cycles, and this strategy of no is going to backfire when the public realizes healthcare reform was not the apacolypse.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

Moderate,

I agree that self-determination is always the answer but Krauthammer's opinion is that the Falklanders want to remain with Britain, based upon no other rationale (or data) except the Falklands War of thirty years ago.

Now if Kruathammer has evidence that the Falklanders want to remain within "the realm", by all means, he should share it with the class. That he doesn't speaks volumes to me.

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) says…

That is a simplistic comment. I voted for Obama. That does not mean that I am with him on whatever he does. Supporting Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands after they waged an aggressive war to take them is unconscionable. Self determination is the only answer for issues like this.

0

bad_dog 4 years ago

Codswallop? Throw a Wobbly?

Right as rain, Scruggsy

0

Scruggsy 4 years ago

Had to figure this headline would 'inspire' a load of "Codswallop" and for certain "blokes" to 'Throw a Wobbly". Turns 'out' to be even more of the "Dog's Bollocks" than one might have bloody well 'expected'...

Cheeky Buggers, random capital letters and quotation marks, and cut & paste live unprecedented.

Benny Hill bless us all

0

porch_person 4 years ago

barrypenders,

Maybe composing what you think is "clever prose" is your way of compensating for the recent losses conservatives have endured but they just make you look like you're inebriated.

0

hungryhustler 4 years ago

It's freshing for the media to acutally report ubiased facts. It is rarely seen-especially when it comes to Mr. Obama.

As for Merril- its like he has blinders on. Obama can do no wrong. No matter what happens, remember, it is ALWAYS W's fault.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

TomShewmon,

What intolerance? You guys lost. Your ideas were rejected. Get over it.

"Bipartisanship" doesn't mean the same ideas that just got voted down get to be resurrected as valid in the name of "bipartisanship". That's a transparent fallacy.

0

autie 4 years ago

Merrill, Penders and misdirection live unprecedented Dewars bless you all

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

"Anytime you're forced to support someone's opinions with "He has a disability", you've lost"

Your pastel assertion of the qualities of success are appropriate for yourself.

Your 'Sensitive' side is Duly noted

Stimulus, Sensitive Pastel PADs, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

I have to say, I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the left's fully blossomed intolerance of late. Quite a spectacle.

0

porch_person 4 years ago

barrypenders,

Anytime you're forced to support someone's opinions with "He has a disability", you've lost.

Krauthammer is a far right wacko. He gets away with saying the most extraordinary things because the population in which he has the most influence thinks "Hyuk, well he's a doctor. He went to school, hyuk, hyuk".

Krauthammer is flailing. Is his purpose to influence President Obama travel itinerary? And to what purpose? To show that he can?

See what I mean? This column is evidence that the far right is a little lost right now. The ad hominem and bluster didn't work on the health reform bill and they are looking for "the Obama Doctrine" so they can have something to shoot at.

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

As a Quad, it is 'Refreshing' to see that Krauthammer has 'Overcome' his unfortunate accident. People like him have 'Overcome' so much that 'Insight' on the emotional peculiarities PADs like 'Bent' is authentic. Krauthammer's intellectual authority mirrors that of special people that have 'Overcome' like Hans Christian Anderson, Isaac Asminov, Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking.

It's unfortunate that the 'Emotionality' of run of the mill PADs, precludes their sensitivities of those that have 'Overcome'.

Stimulus, PAD Insensitivities, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

0

jayhawklawrence 4 years ago

Krauthammer made himself irrelevant a long time ago.

0

ChiHawkInKS 4 years ago

Merrill, I don't know where you get half of the garbage you are spewing. You sound like some left-wing nutcase... proof that liberalism is truley a mental disorder.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Confucius say:

'Modesty is attended with profit, arrogance brings on destruction.'

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Ancient Arabic Proverb say:

'Arrogance diminishes wisdom.'

0

George Lippencott 4 years ago

I thought the plan was to be nice to everyone? Sounds like the more traditional leftie plan of befriending our enemies at the expense of our friends. After all, their just misunderstood. Hope we will not start to burn the villages in order to save them (in Afghanistan)!

0

BorderRuffian 4 years ago

At least our Beloved Leader is unbiased in every way. He insults everyone (well, except Pelosi and Hillary, his trainers). Obama insults Americans (especially in cramming Obamacare down the throats of the American people) just as fluidly as he insults our traditional allies.

At least he gives great reverence to our traditional enemies, huh?

0

somedude20 4 years ago

Yeah, maybe we should "sex up" some bs intell, start a war, send American and English troops to sacrifice their lives for a great big lie. Would that help relations Tom and Barry?

0

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

What do the polls say? "How’s that Hopey-Changey working out for you? Two weeks after finally getting his ObamaCare agenda item signed into law, Barack Obama has reaped the reward of pushing a deeply unpopular bill through Congress. A new CBS poll shows Obama dropping to his lowest approval rating in their survey yet, down to 44% (via JWF):" http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/02/cbs-poll-has-obama-approval-at-new-low-of-44/

0

75x55 4 years ago

merrill hurts his knee with those spasmodic motions, again.

Does 'Carter' sound familiar?

Perhaps we shouldn't take so much credit for "mideastern hate" - a look at past British actions is always interesting research.

It's not so simple as belching up "Reagan-Bush" in response to any perceived criticism of "The One"...

0

pace 4 years ago

Tradition? I think we had more wars against England than with them. Tradition as policy? Should we snub the UN, sell arms to Iran, or should we just ask "What would Palin do?". I think the Bush II remark was satire. No one in their right mind should take that literally.

0

Corey Williams 4 years ago

Don't know about the Dewars. That's kind of middle shelf. The penders is probably more McCormick

0

cowboy 4 years ago

That Obama guy is acting kinda mavericky now isn't he

0

madameX 4 years ago

This is hogwash. My mom lives and works in London, talks to actual Brits every day, and says they loooooove Obama.

Maybe I should send a resume and writing sample to the Washington Post Writers Group, though. I don't know that much about politics, and I'm not that great of a writer, but evidently neither of these are required. LJ World, aren't there some syndicated opinion columnists out there who don't suck that you can give a platform to?

0

MacHeath 4 years ago

Yeah, he has Barry hitting the Dewars pretty early.

0

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Jeez, this has got to be one of the most hysterically fact-free Krauthammer columns yet.

0

Corey Williams 4 years ago

"even bush 2 was better"

Wow!

praise jeebus

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol, you didn't need to say it twice, I totally got it the first time (but it was a statement that's worth repeating).

When will the lamestream media start to lose control of their protective coverage of the activities of The Anointed One? Meanwhile, more shady deals slide under the radar.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/02/more-silver-pieces-for-unions/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_opinion

Wow!

0

cowboy 4 years ago

For the first time in decades the US foreign policy is being expressed/represented in truthful ways. Unless there is change in Israel and a peace accord implemented , there will be another major war . It's high time for pressure on Israel to move . If you want to discuss US/UK relations the pussification of Blair by Bush and his band of liars is the single most important event having an impact on US / UK government relations.

I cannot understand why Mr. Craphammer even has a column anymore . He is such a bitter out of date neocon.

0

notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

obama is an embrassment to the american people. surely we can do better than him, even bush 2 was better

0

notjustyoureverydayaveragetrol 4 years ago

obama is an embrassment to the american people. surely we can do better than him, even bush 2 was better

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

I am perplexed? Why would someone with and Arabic name be so mean to an Israelite? I am under the impression that a 'Much Vaunted' Noble Peace Laureate would Sujud, be 'Kind', 'Heartfelt', 'Dignified' and a 'Professional' representative of a country that has done so much for him.

That Poser is a tricky devil.

Stimulus, Dignified PADs, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

0

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

Charles is a master distracter for the repub party. Anything to divert the citizens attention even if it requires writing meaningless BS.

What does Charles want people to forget?

1.As a result of 9/11/01 close to 11,000 americans have died so how many more is okay?

2.If massive death, blood and guts represent democracy why would others be interested?

3.What did repubs do with the bailout money?

  1. Why did repubs put 11 million americans out of work YET are living off of retirement benefits including medical care courtesy of the USA taxpayers?

  2. Why do repubs sit back and knowingly watch large financial instututions fail?

6.Why did both Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney experience super financial meltdowns under their watch which put millions out of work and tons of retirement plans went up in smoke?

  1. Do 5 and 6 represent a true coincidence or is a matter of criminal activity?

  2. Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail with Jeb Bush and cousin George Walker on the payroll..... what's up with that?

Some interesting financial history: http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

0

Corey Williams 4 years ago

cato_the_elder (anonymous) says…

"Obama needs to decide whether he is a Kenyan or an American."

I thought you guys already decided that for him?

Wow!

0

commuter 4 years ago

Merrill- But Bush But Bush.

Also remember it is now Obama's war, not just Bush. Wake up and grow up.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

I was shocked that Obama stuck Netanyahu (sp?) down in the boiler room of the whitehouse for a few hours. What the heck!? Andy Stern gets the red carpet rolled out....on all two dozen visits.

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Why is Obama not down with one of the most diversely populated nations on the globe? He's not a bigot, is he? I'm starting to wonder.

Wow!

0

Corey Williams 4 years ago

So Merrill stops using copy and paste, but barry the penders picks up the habit.

Wow!

You know how you could tell that none of it was written by the penders? It was coherent.

May the great and horrible Jeebus have mercy on your soul.

0

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

Obama hates Britain because of the history of its colonial rule in Kenya. His embarrassingly shabby treatment of Britain is unprecedented in modern times. Obama needs to decide whether he is a Kenyan or an American.

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

From the perspective of Estonians and other Central and Eastern Europeans, the Russian resurgence is going largely unchecked, by both the United States and Europe. The Obama administration did not endear itself to the region with some early indications that it was “abandoning” the ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans — plans that have since changed. It is the EU attitude as a whole, however, that ultimately worries the Central and Eastern Europeans. For Berlin and Paris, economic and domestic interests come before Central European security interests. Germany is beginning to act more and more like a “normal country” — as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble recently mentioned in an interview — which to Central and Eastern Europeans means a lot of things, none pleasant. The point is not that Poland and its neighbors expect to see the Wehrmacht on the horizon any time soon, but rather that they remember how a “normal” Germany repeatedly sold out Central and Eastern Europe’s security for its own national interests. In that calculation, Central Europe’s economic interests — which are firmly tied to their EU membership — begin to diverge with their security interests, which are fundamentally about the region’s alliance with the United States. This is why the United States can find eager allies in a region Russia sees as a vital buffer from the rest of Western Europe, and exert considerable pressure on Moscow by nurturing its relationship with Central Europe. In the other hemisphere, Putin is scheduled to grace the near abroad of the United States with a visit to Venezuela for a meeting with President Hugo Chavez. Putin’s visit will come at the end of a week of Easter holidays, during which Venezuelan businesses will have shut down in an attempt to conserve electricity. The presidential holiday declaration indicates the desperation felt by the Venezuelan government in the face of the country’s deteriorating electricity sector. The country does not expect much relief in the wake of the holiday, as more severe rationing is expected to commence on Monday. Russia has long dabbled in Latin America as a way to make the United States nervous — particularly during the Cold War. In more recent memory, Russian government officials have made semi-regular visits to Venezuela to pressure the United States in its own backyard, similar to how Russia has felt pressured in its near abroad. Although Venezuela would love to be able to take advantage of the Eurasian attention, Russia has yet to make a clear commitment regarding how it would be willing to help. Venezuela is, after all, a notoriously unstable petro-state halfway around the world from where Russia’s priorities lie.

Stimulus, 3-1-2, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 STRATFOR.COM Diary Archives

Expanding U.S.-Russia Competition

IT APPEARS TO STRATFOR THAT THE RELATIONSHIP between Moscow and Washington is — despite public successes of the START negotiations — becoming increasingly complex. The latest developments see both powers making moves in each other’s backyard, or at least what each capital considers their backyard. Not only is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin traveling to Venezuela on Friday, but reports emerged Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama will be holding a group meeting with Central European leaders next week, on April 8 — the same day he will sign the new START treaty with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. On the European side of the pond, Obama has plans to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Romanian President Traian Basescu and possibly also the leaders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and the Baltic States — all on the sidelines of the official ceremony accompanying the signing of the new START treaty. That the American president is choosing to meet with the Central and Eastern European leadership en masse in the same venue that is supposed to be dedicated to the pomp and circumstance of the signing of the new START treaty will not please Moscow. This is particularly true since Russia had originally planned for the signing of the treaty to be a minor stop on Medvedev’s own tour of the region, and because the event was designed to highlight Russia’s status as a superpower worthy of the United States’ undivided attention. The time and place of the meeting is therefore not accidental. It is supposed to signal to Russia that the United States is still very much involved in Central and Eastern Europe. It is also sending the same message to the beleaguered Central Europeans who these days feel threatened more than they expected they would when they joined the European Union and NATO alliances in the last decade. Estonian President Handrik Ilves summarized it well on Thursday when he noted that the ultimate question for Europe really comes down to “how much you trust the Russians.” He also peppered the interview with references to the EU’s abandonment of Ukraine and Georgia, and the general European lackadaisical attitude regarding Moscow’s resurgence in the region.

Stimulus, Putin Duty, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

0

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

When soldiers come home alive that find that it is hell trying to get treated for symptoms related to depleted uranium exposure. The Department of Defense keeps saying no way jose'

Just like in the Nam days of "Agent Orange". Talk about slaps in the face!

0

barrypenders 4 years ago

Poser seems to be 'Noble Peace Prize' Fighting with Putin. Putin, deeply rooted in 'Cultural Authenticities' thinks alot of the PAD Denominate "The First " president.

From the Boys at STRATFOR,

"But the Putin-Chavez visit comes at a particularly interesting time. Venezuela’s fundamentally unstable domestic situation raises a number of very interesting questions in the lead-up to Putin’s visit. So far the reports on the visit — which was preceded by a visit from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin — have mostly focused on arms deals, tentative oil agreements and the establishment of a joint bank. But the most important kind of help that Venezuela could receive from Russia at this point is something (anything) to assist with Venezuela’s dire electricity situation. There also remains the possibility that Venezuelans are not looking to the Russians for help in the short term. They may instead seek to tap Russian expertise in strict domestic political controls to help the Chavez regime survive the aftermath of a possible electricity sector meltdown. It is known that the Cubans have been helping Chavez to solidify personal control over the domestic situation. Perhaps the Russians could lend a hand, too. Ultimately, however, Russia is not there to solve Venezuela’s problems. As long as Russia can raise the hackles of the United States by making high profile visits to South America, it will. But any serious partnerships or investments that might cost Russian time or treasure are unlikely. Nevertheless, Russia appreciates the opportunity to meddle in the Western Hemisphere just as the United States is using the opportunity in Central and Eastern Europe to exert influence in Russia’s near abroad."

Stimulus, Putin Loves Bent, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

0

Richard Heckler 4 years ago

That's nothing compared to what Reagan/Bush started in mideast oil corner of the world. You know the bombings,destruction and killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslim men,women and children and has yet to stop. Of course GW Bush decided the best way to preempt war was to declare war first then call it preemptive policy. This is BS and a slap in the faces of millions by now who are dead.

More americans have been killed since 9/11/01 by this stupid action. Maybe 7000-8000 americans are dead as a result of preventing war. Talk about a slap in the face. And more are dying each day. For what? Control of a large number of barrels of oil and a pipeline to Israel.

Ever wonder why so many abroad dislike the USA Government? Because the government slaps people in the face with depleted uranium bullets,demolishes beautiful historical structures that are hundreds of years old,slaps them in the face with drones,slaps them in the face with smart bombs(dumb) then pretends it's in the name of womens' rights and democracy.

If blood and guts represents democracy why would anyone be interested? Talk about a slap in the face of democracy!

0

Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

I would expect nothing else from Obama. He's busy "transforming" Charles, we all know that.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.